Jacques Brunel has quite the task ahead of him with France in this year’s Six Nations. Photo: Getty Images

France You Bet: Winner 16/1, Grand Slam 66/1. Form: LLDLLLW. Last Year: Third. Les Bleus come into this year’s Six Nations with an all too familia(...)

France flyhalf Anthony Belleau in action against South Africa in November. Belleau is among the youngsters in the squad that could pose a threat in the Six Nations. Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

“I think the French are in a mess,” observed Ronan O’Gara as bluntly as ever at his first press conference in his new guise as the Crusaders back coac(...)

Leinster are not expected to appeal Cian Healy’s ban. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Cian Healy looks certain to miss Leinster’s Champions Cup semi-final against ASM Clermont Auvergne in Lyon this Sunday. The 29-year-old has been susp(...)

The French side go through some drills at the Arboras Stadium, Nice,  as they prepare to face Ireland in the Six Nations on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

15 Scott Spedding Age: 30 Height: 6’2” Weight: 97kg (15st 2lbs) Caps: 20 Points: 21 The South African-born player has ben in excellent form of late (...)

There are three changes to the French team to play Ireland on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

France have made three changes to their starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium, the French Rugby Federation ha(...)

The France squad during the captain’s run  at Twickenham. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

England v France Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 4.50pm TV: Live on RTÉ and UTV This is not yet the greatest England team of all time but the sta(...)

Bordeaux Begles scrumhalf Baptiste Serin will make his Six Nations debut for France against England at Twickenham. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

France boss Guy Noves will throw Baptiste Serin in for his Six Nations debut against England at Twickenham on Saturday after deciding the time has com(...)

Guy Noves could be building a  squad capable of competing with the best. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Prospects: They have to travel to London and Dublin, which makes the prospect of them winning the championship considerably longer odds against. The h(...)

Toulon’s lock Samu Manoa (centre) vies with fullback Liam Williams (left) of Scarlets during the Champions Cup match at Mayol stadium. Photograph: Getty.

CHAMPIONS CUP ROUND-UP Toulon were made to work hard by Scarlets as they recorded a 31-20 bonus-point success to keep up the pressure on Saracens in (...)

England’s prop Joe Marler  clashes with Wales’ prop Samson Lee  during the Six Nations clash at Twickenham. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

World Rugby was right to summons Joe Marler to face an independent misconduct hearing over his “gypsy boy” comment to the Welsh tighthead Samson Lee d(...)

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